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Against the backdrop of Beijing’s solemn heritage, VUE adds a light-hearted element that transcends Chinese luxury in a whimsical way. The ensemble of six quasi-historic buildings from the 1950’s have been adaptively reused into an 80-room boutique hotel with a café, restaurant and rooftop bar. The result is unapologetically forward-looking with a culturally inspired twist. The narrative imagines that the lake’s original animal inhabitants, the foxes, magically transform to feature as whimsical art installations: a fresh approach to conventional Chinese opulence.
VUE Hotel Houhai, Beijing
Ministry of Design Pte Ltd
Colin Seah, Kevin Leong, Joyce Low, Ruth Chong, Sarah Conceicao, Richard Herman, Tasminah Ali, Syazwani Wagiman, Rais Rahman, Patricia Segado.